Area(s) of Interest
Culture, religion, race, ethnicity, urban/city, and qualitative methods (particularly visual sociology, in-depth life history interviews, and ethnography
Biography & Current Research
Dissertation Title: The (In)visibility of religion: How religion, race, ethnicity and class intersect in the daily lives of Mexican and Irish Americans in Chicago.
My dissertation research explores how religion, race, ethnicity, and class intersect and affect everyday life decisions and identity among Mexican and Irish Americans on Chicago's South Side. I primarily use in-depth life narrative interviews, ethnography, and visual sociology in my research. My research throughout my graduate career has centered around one question: How race, ethnicity, class, and religion intersect and shape the daily lives and identities of people. I have explored this research interest in diverse social settings including refugees with HIV/AIDS in rural South Africa, atheist and secularist groups on American campuses, and Mexican Americans and Irish Americans in Chicago.
You will no longer find me walking the lovely neighborhoods of Chicago, as I now reside in the lovely state of Utah. I still do a lot of walking, only now it is in the Wasatch Mountains! When I'm not hiking and writing you can probably find me skiing, swimming laps, or on the couch with my wife watching an old horror flick.Awards/Honors
Charlotte W. Newcombe Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship finalist, 2015-16
Robert F. Winch Award Outstanding Graduate Student Lecturer, 2015
Graduate Research Grant, 2015
Robert F. Winch Memorial Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching, 2012
Robert F. Winch Memorial Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching, 2011
MacArthur Foundation Summer Research Grant (with Professor Wendy Griswold), 2010
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